Exploring Cape Town

Cape Town is indisputably one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. With a multitude of attractions to discover, as soon as you set foot in this upbeat city you’ll feel enchanted and swept away by its many charming characteristics. However, to really get around the city and experience all it has to offer, consider making use of an excellent car hire service that will ensure you and your family’s safety. By choosing Vineyard’s discount car rentals in Cape Town, you have the flexibility and peace of mind to really explore everything that the vibrant metropolis has to offer. Take the time to visit some of the local hotspots that have also become trendy locations for avid travellers.

Be sure to make a stop at some or even all of these locations and walk away with a unique experience each and every time.

Table Mountain

The famous landmark is now one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and is well worth a visit to the top. For the adventure seekers, hiking up to the top might seem a little more exciting than a cable car ride. While hiking, immerse yourself in the unique fynbos and fresh mountain stream along the way. For those who prefer the safety and solitude of the cable car, the rides are dependent on the weather conditions. For the few minutes up the mountain, pull out your camera as the view of the city is second to none. Capetonians hold Table Mountain dearly and regard it as the cornerstone of the city.

What you’ll need

·        For the hike, entry is free. Be sure to leave early before midday when the South African sun is at its peak.

·       Check the weather forecast before your hike. With extreme windy or rainy weather conditions, perhaps reschedule for a better day.

·       Cape Town is home to the South-Easter wind that can be described as Gale force winds. Prices can vary for the cable car so do check the Table Mountain National Park for details.

Long Street

This trendy road is considered the party street for clubbing and socialising. Long Street is bustling with quirky shops, boutiques and restaurants – with a night life you have to experience. On an average night out, you’ll meet and party with the most interesting and unique individuals not only from Cape Town but all over the world. Before your night out, go and explore the nearby Green Market Square where you can barter for bargains and find some hand-made African souvenirs.

What you’ll need:

·       Pack some comfortable walking shoes and cash as the Green Market Square market is sure to tempt you into buying a few things.

·       Along the way you’ll also be treated to sights of beautiful city architecture and amazing local food so come hungry.

·       As the sun decends and you ready yourself for a fun night out, dress comfortable but stylish so you can easily club hop and discover the unique mash of sounds and people that make Long Street the incomparable place we have come to love.

Kloof Nek

Packed with restaurants and bars, from arty, ‘Indie’ alternative cafes to fine dining experiences, this is the place to go for a meal that offers a wealth of different tastes and textures. Kloof Nek is the place to be for locals and it is the easiest way out of the city, over Table Mountain, to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, especially during peak hour, when the route via Sea Point becomes rather congested. Consider stopping off at Kloof Nek before checking out more of what the Atlantic Seaboard has in store.

What you’ll need:

·       Dress comfortably as you’ll find there are many restaurants and stores to check out so you’ll probably be walking for some time.

·       Come Hungry. You’ll need a good appetite to take on the delicious varieties of food.

The V&A Waterfront

Shop until you drop at designer stores, enjoy the hustle and bustle of the harbour, dine at chic restaurants and marvel at astonishing marine displays at the Two Oceans Aquarium. At The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, you can even play cave golf and go scratching for precious stones, pop into the One and Only for some pampering and delicious gastronomy or visit the Clock Tower and Maritime Museum for a bit of culture and history.

What you’ll need:

·       Dress comfortably and be sure to apply loads of sunscreen as the V&A Waterfront is perfect outside as it is inside.

·       Bring along your camera

·       Don’t forget the sunscreen.

Robben Island

This world-renowned site was the prison of our South Africa’s loved iconic leader, Nelson Mandela along with numerous other political activists and remains a significant, historical landmark today. Robben Island is open to the public and has already been visited by international celebrities and dignitaries.

What you’ll need:

·       Check the weather forecast beforehand to ensure you won’t be disappointed when you arrive at the harbour.

·       Bring along a jacket as sometimes it can get quite windy and cold on your way.

·       Don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful scenary of the vast open sea on your way and the iconic moments at Robben Island.

·       Trips are fairly priced but scout the best prices of the day.

·       Look out for the seals that often greet visitors on their way to Robben Island.

The Old Biscuit Mill

Drive to the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock on Saturdays for the Neighbourhoods Market and indulge in some decadent homemade produce, gorgeous handmade jewellery and clothing, along with stylish household items and photography equipment. This little gem is known by locals and tourists as a hub for social eating, drinking and experimenting with the latest trends on the social scene in Cape Town.

What you’ll need:

·       To get the full experience, you have to arrive early, as the doors open at 8am.

·       Wear comfortable shoes as you leisurely stroll through the market, trying out some delicious samples on offer.

·       You can bring your camera along as this rustic and unique vibe is definitely the perfect scene for Instagram fanatics.

·       Bring enough cash to satisfy your appetite.

Lion’s Head and Signal Hill

Drive to this lookout point for striking views of the city and the best sunsets in town. Lions Head is perfect for the Full Moon Hike that attracts dozens of locals and tourists. The trek up Lions Head might not be for the thrill seekers but it sure is worth it. Signal Hill offers a more relaxed experience as it allows you to park your car on the hill and simply slide the seat back and take in the beautiful view of the city. Either of the two is one of the best ways to truly appreciate the natural beauty of the mothercity.

What you’ll need:

·       Park at the bottom of Lions Head and begin your hike up one of the pathways.

·       Bring along a flashlight as once the sun has set, you’ll need the light to find your way back to the starting point.

·       Definitely bring along your camera, the view is spectacular and it would be sad not to capture it forever.

·       Most importantly, bring along your wine and snacks of choice. Whether you’re on Signal Hill or Lions Head, you’ll be there for some time and what better way to enjoy the moment than to pair the amazing view with some good wine and friends.

Camps Bay and Clifton Beach

Two of the world’s most beautiful beaches with soft, golden sand and many beachside bars paired with restaurants to explore and it is located just five minutes away from the city centre. These two popular tourist attractions is a must-see for anyone from or visiting Cape Town. The blue, picturesque beaches set on the backdrop of Table Mountain is second to none. You will not be disappointed.

What you’ll need: 

·       Pack the usual beach bag

·       Bring along a book, ball, volleyball or anything for the outdoor activity you enjoy.

·       A camera is a must-have item as this will lead to a spike in likes and admirers following your social media feed.

·       Apply loads of sunscreen as the South African sun is extremely hot. You can thank me later.

·       An umbrella is vital. They do offer a rental if you forget yours.

Iziko Museums and Company Gardens

Visit the well-known South African Museum, wonder at the stars and the universe at the Planetarium, feed the opportunistic squirrels in the charming gardens and visit the South African Art Gallery to see the brilliant permanent and visiting displays. There is so much to see at the Company Gardens, you’ll lose track of time as you get swept away by all the nature and historical architecture you’ll find.

What you’ll need:

·       Wear comfortable shoes as this day includes a lot of strolling and site seeing.

·       Pack some extra treats for the resident squirrels.

·       The Museums highlight the rich history of colonialism in the Cape so be sure to bring along your cameras. You’ll also find a vast number of trees too so keep your camera ready.

Ensure that on your travels around Cape Town, you’re safe and secure on the roads. With Vineyard Car Hire, you can’t go wrong – known for outstanding service, superior-quality vehicles and in-depth industry knowledge, you can rest assured that you are receiving the best value for money.

The cars are all new, clean, reliable and affordable. What’s more the friendly staff is committed to going the extra mile, providing a free delivery and collection service anywhere in the Peninsula. Hop off the plane and be greeted by a Vineyard employee’s smiling face and the keys to your new car.

The Cape Town car hire company is located in Kenilworth, next to the Cape Fertility Clinic and Claremont Hospital and offers a diverse array of discount car rentals to choose between – from family-friendly, comfortable vehicles to sleek, top-of-the-range luxury cars. Whatever your needs may be, Vineyard Car Hire is sure to have the perfect car for you.